Banana bread with chocolate chips has quickly become my absolute favorite thing to bake. It's simple to prep, it uses ingredients I always have in the house, it can be frozen, and it's absolutely delicious. I actually got the original recipe from my friend Tiziana about two years ago and haven't stopped baking it since.
- 4-6 bananas (I usually toss them in the freezer at the first sign of a brown spot so I always have ripe ones for this recipe; unthawing only takes 15 min.)
- 1 stick unsalted butter
- 2 large eggs
- 1/2 cup light brown sugar
- 2 cups flour (I usually use all-purpose but it can be done with whole-wheat flour as well)
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1 pinch of salt
- 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips (milk chocolate or dark)
First, preheat your oven to 325 degrees and grease the bottom and sides of a loaf pan. In a large mixing bowl, mash the bananas (I like to use a potato masher) and then add the stick of softened butter, mixing together. In a separate bowl, beat the eggs with the vanilla extract and then pour the mixture into your bowl with the bananas. Mix together with a spatula.
In a separate bowl, prepare your dry ingredients. Mix the light brown sugar with the flour, salt, cinnamon and baking soda, ensuring that all ingredients are distributed evenly. Then, fold the dry ingredients in with the banana mixture. Mix everything well and then add the chocolate chips (if you like your bread super chocolatey, just add more chips; you can't really go wrong with more chocolate IMO...)
Once everything is mixed, pour the batter into your greased loaf pan and bake for 60-70 min. When the top of the bread is golden brown and a toothpick comes out clean, it's ready. Let the bread cool on top of the stove for 10 min before cutting into it.
This dessert can be served at room temperature or heated up (my favorite) and is especially wonderful in the morning with a cup of coffee. I promise that this will become your go-to recipe this holiday season!
Hope everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving!